PREVIEW: ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC

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Bohemians need to win two games in a row for the first time this season if they are to go level with tonight’s opponents St Patrick’s Athletic.

In a much-improved performance following the previous week’s defeat against Dundalk, Keith Long’s side beat Sligo Rovers 2-1 on Friday night with goals from Dawson Devoy and Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, and a scoreline that flattered their opponents.

That victory saw Bohs leapfrog the Bit O’Red up to fifth – now they want to follow that up with another three points against St Pat’s.

Victory in Richmond Park would see Bohs level on points with Tim Clancy’s side who are currently one place above them in fourth.

Long said: “It is important that we try and follow up Friday’s win tonight.

“I thought we deserved to win on Friday. We were comfortable up until we conceded, which showed the importance of us getting the second goal.

“Tonight is another Dublin derby and we are going to bring a great travelling support over with us again – our supporters have tended to come out in force down the years in Inchicore.

“It’s a great place to play too, a nice, tight, compact ground.

“We’ve beaten them in Dalymount, but they’ll fancy their chances over there.

“There is not much between a lot of the teams in this league, so it’s important that we try and back up Friday’s win.

“‘Win after winning’ is what we said in the dressing room. We haven’t done that this year, so that’s the challenge now for us to try and do that.

“We know it won’t be easy. We know Pat’s will be smarting having lost to Shels.

“But we just need to take care of our own performance and just go to try and back it up.

“We have a couple of injuries, a couple of niggles, and a couple of tired bodies there from Friday. But tiredness is good – aching bodies are good when you win and come off the pitch having put in a shift and you’ve earned those three points.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohemians are without Kris Twardek (hamstring), Stephen Mallon (ankle) and Grant Horton (knee), while Sam Packham (calf) is a doubt.

Max Murphy, who was taken off as a precaution on Friday after a knock to his ankle, is fit to play.

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